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After defending woman, man beaten

Fredericksburg, Va. –– Two Woodbridge men are charged in the brutal beating of a man who came to the aid of a woman.

A police officer saw four men beating a man who appeared to be unconscious outside Fatty J’s bar in Fredericksburg after it had closed at 1:06 a.m. Saturday, the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star reports.

Two of the attackers fled when they saw the police officer, but two others were arrested.

The victim was treated on the scene and declined to go to the hospital, according to the report.

As it turns out, the victim earlier that night saw a group of four men harassing a 24-year-old woman from Spotsylvania County who had also been inside the bar. He then approached the men and told them to leave the woman alone. (more…)

FBI offers cash for military shooter

National Museum of the Marine Corps (Mary Davidson)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Investigators now hope a 20 thousand dollar reward will help lead them to whoever shot at five military installations in Northern Virginia.

The FBI announced the reward this morning, saying the money would be handed out for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person responsible in a series of shootings at military installations beginning Oct. 16 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle.

“We are following every lead that comes in and continue to call for the assistance of the public in helping us identify the person or persons responsible,” said John G. Perren, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.  “We are confident that someone out there has additional information that will be helpful to this investigation.”

No one has been injured in the shootings, but the Marine museum has twice been struck by the same shooter, police said. (more…)

Woodbridge firefighters test smoke alarms

Woodbridge, Va. –– Firefighters in Woodbridge visited more than 20 homes Saturday to help residents test their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a department spokeswoman said.

Many of the residents welcomed firefighters from OWL Volunteer Fire Department into their homes, and supplied new batteries to put into their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

“Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms. It’s a tragic statistic that could be reduced by adopting the simple habit of the changing your battery when you change your clocks” said OWL VFD Chief Jim McAllister.

The department urges residents to replace their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every 10 years. (more…)

2 carjacked in Woodbridge

Woodbridge, Va. –– An armed man forced a couple from their car Wednesday afternoon.

The victims, a 29-year-old woman from Alexandria and 29-year-old man from Woodbridge, were sitting in their car in the 13400 block of U.S. 1, near Station Plaza and Woodbridge VRE station, when two men approached at 3:23 p.m. and demanded they get out of the car.

One of the men showed a gun and both victims exited the vehicle, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Police were called, and officers later found the car about a mile way on James Street. (more…)

Parking fees waived at Leesylvania

Woodbridge, Va. –– Leesylvania State Park hopes free parking will draw some to the great outdoors Thursday.

In honor of Veterans Day, officials at the Woodbridge park will waive its $4 weekday parking fee charged when visitors enter the recreational area.

Officials hope residents will take advantage of the free admission and come to hike on one park’s many trails, take a boat ride on the Potomac River, explore some of the park’s rich history or simply have a picnic with family and friends, said Leesylvania State Park Chief Ranger Sarah Phillips. (more…)

95 widening to continue next 2 Fridays

Drivers travel past the Pohick Road overpass at Lorton on the new fourth lane that opened Friday on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County. (VDOT)

Lorton, Va. –– Warm weather means extended work hours on Interstate 95.

The recent string of warmer than average November temperatures has prompted crews widening I-95 in south Fairfax to plan to work two additional Friday nights, Nov. 12 and 19.

They’ll be resurfacing the southbound lanes in the Lorton area between mike post 166 and 161. Two travel lanes in the area will be closed those nights, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The High Occupancy Vehicle lanes will remain open during the closures to help move traffic along.

The additional work comes after officials last month opened a new fourth lane on I-95 south, between Fairfax County Parkway and the Occoquan River.

A new fourth lane on the northbound portion of the highway opened last December. (more…)

1 charged, 2 others wanted in robbery

Antuan Jamal Pendergraph, 24, is charged in connection to robbery that happened Friday in Woodbridge. (Submitted)

Woodbridge, Va. –– One man has been arrested in a assault robbery that happened at a Woodbridge home, and police are still searching for two others believed to have been involved.

Antuan Jamal Pendergraph, 24, of 33 South Bragg Street in Alexandria, is charged with abduction, robbery and malicious wounding, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Investigators say Pendergraph is one of three other men who went to a home in the 1800 block of Tiger Lily Circle in Woodbridge about 5 p.m. Friday and assaulted the 33-year-old man who lives there.

The victim knew one of the men, police said, but shortly thereafter two additional men arrived. (more…)

Police recap: Man struck, dies

Man struck twice, dies
One man is dead after being struck by two vehicles on U.S. 1.

The victim, described only as Hispanic, ran out into the intersection of U.S. 1 and Buckman Road in Hybla Valley.

While in the intersection, a 2005 Chrysler Mini-van traveling south struck the victim, and the force of the impact flung him into the right turn lane at the intersection, said a Fairfax County Police spokesman. (more…)

Shots fired at Coast Guard recruiting station

Prince William police on Tuesday investigate a shooting at a Coast Guard recruiting station in Woodbridge. (Mary Davidson/

Woodbridge, Va. –– reports another shooting took place at a U.S. Military building, this time at a Coast Guard recruiting center near Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge.

The shots were fired overnight, and there have been no reports of injuries.

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Woman charged after walking pet fox

“Swiper” the fox is now sitting in a Fairfax County animal shelter after its owner was charged with possessing it. (Submitted)

Update 10:40 a.m. Tuesday

The fox that landed a woman in hot water in Fairfax County was returned to the woman Monday night, after officials determined the animal was domesticated and did not require a permit from the state.

Fairfax County, Va. –– Some Halloween costumes are meant to look foxy but this one included an actual fox.

A 20-year-old woman from Reston faces charges after police said she used a fox as an accessory to a Halloween costume.

Officers saw the woman walking the animal in the Reston Towne Center at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The fox was wearing skeleton costume, but police said the woman did not have to proper permit from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to possess the animal.

The fox’s name is “Swiper,” is seven months old, neutered, vaccinated for rabies and knows how to use a litter box.

The animal is now sitting the county’s animal shelter until state game officials determine whether or not a special permit is needed to possess the animal.

Alayna Sitterson is charged with unlawful possession of wildlife, police said.

New Metro record doesn’t eclipse Obama inaugural

Hundreds of people line up in the parking garage of the Franconia-Springfield Metro station Saturday morning.

Franconia, Va. –– Metro set an all-time new Saturday ridership record during The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.

While the public transit agency faced many issues the day of the rally, it still did not eclipse the record set during the most recent Presidential Inauguration.

Saturday’s event put on my John Stewart and the Comedy Central cable TV network drew more than 200,000 to the nation’s capital over the weekend, according to initial reports.

Metro registered 825,437 passenger trips on Saturday, making it the largest number of people ever to ride the subway on a Saturday since a Gulf War rally in 1991, according to a Metro spokeswoman. (more…)

Voters must choose on 3 amendments

The Virginia State Capitol in Richmond.

When you step into the polling booth Tuesday residents in the Potomac Communities and across Virginia will be faced with three questions about three proposed amendments to Virginia’s constitution.

We’ve pulled an explanation of the proposed amendments from the Virginia State Board of Elections Web site because we believe that is the most fair and balanced way of describing what’s at stake when voters head to the polls.

Enjoy reading. You’ll thank us later for giving you a heads up. (more…)

Around Town: Headlines from around the area’s Around Town this week takes a look at headlines from around the Potomac Communities:

Hunt for a rapist continues
One year later, police are still looking for the man believed to have raped two girls, ages 16 and 17, while another girl watched, behind Glendale Plaza in Dale City on Halloween in 2009, reports.  DNA evidence later collected from the scene linked the crime to 12 other attacks on 16 other women along the east coast.

High fashion
A sophomore at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge campus has an eye for fashion, and big dreams of taking her love for clothes and studying in New York City, the NOVA Fortnightly reports.

Those generous folks in Lorton

Despite the down economy, Lorton Path reports residents in the Lorton community donated more to political campaigns this year than they did in 2006.

Rally wraps on serious note about media

Hundreds of people line up in the parking garage of the Franconia-Springfield Metro station Saturday morning.

Update 3 p.m.

The Rally to Restore Sanity and or Fear wrapped up on the National Mall at 3 p.m.

Early crowd estimates showed as many as 400 million, but those estimates which came via Twitter quickly fell to 10 million.

And though the National Park Service which is in charge of the National Mall does not do official head counts during rallies, it’s rumored they suspect 200,000 showed up to get a dose of John Stewart’s “reasonable sanity.” (more…)

New lane opens on I-95 in Fairfax

Drivers travel past the Pohick Road overpass at Lorton on the new fourth lane that opened Friday on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County. (VDOT)

Fairfax County, Va. –– Virginia transportation officials Friday opened a fourth lane on Interstate 95 south in Fairfax County prior to the start of the afternoon rush hour.

The newly-constructed lane runs about five miles, between Fairfax County Parkway and U.S. 1 just before Woodbridge, and is part of the $123 million effort to widen the highway to ten lanes between the parkway and the Occoquan River. (more…)

Volunteers collect 1,180 pounds of trash

By Kayne Karnbach

Woodbridge, Va. –– A string of volunteers showed up to clean up the winter shelter on Potomac Mills Road.

Volunteers spent the morning picking up trash consisting of glass bottles, cans, and other recyclables from the wooded directly behind the shelter, including a heavily littered creek bed.

A total of 31 volunteer hours were spent removing 1,180 pounds of trash from around the shelter.


State police: Fatal crash victim was 20, not 10

Update 9: 10 a.m.

Virginia State Police on Thursday morning said the victim in Wednesday night’s fatal crash on Interstate 95 was 20-year-old Breauna Woolen, of Woodbridge.

Officials originally said Woolen was 10-years-old, but amended details about the victim just after 9 a.m. Thursday.

The victim was died instantly when the SUV she was riding in flipped over and crash into a Jersey wall, police say.


Runner aims to impress at Marine Corps Marathon

Heidi Baise, personal trainer and marathon runner, prepares for the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon being held this weekend in Washington. (Mary Davidson/

Quantico, Va. –– After running the Boston Marathon, Heidi Baise is looking forward to showing the Marine Corps she has more than what it takes to compete.

Baise will be one of the 30,000 participants to run in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington this Sunday.

While not working as a personal trainer at Quantico Marine Corps Base, she trains her own body six days a week, four hours at a time to prepare for the fourth largest marathon in the country. (more…)

Crash claims life of passenger

Fairfax County, Va. –– One person was killed Wednesday night in crash on Interstate 95 near Springfield.

It appears the driver of an SUV lost control of the vehicle at 7:08 p.m. while traveling north on the highway, near mile post 166. The vehicle was traveling in the far right lane, flipped, and then crossed three lanes of traffic and landed on its top of the Jersey Wall on the left shoulder, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

The passenger was killed instantly, and the driver was flown to a local hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

There were only two people inside the SUV when it crashed, said Geller. (more…)

Metro reacts to alleged terrorist plot, requests vigilance

Washington Metro System (Courtesy: Planet Ware)

Alexandria, Va. ––  Transportation officials called for continued vigilance after federal authorities say a Virginia man planned to bomb several Metro stations next year.

Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn, was arrested Wednesday after investigators said he was working with suspected members of al-Qaeda in planning multiple bombings at Metro stations.

Ahmed was indicted in an Alexandria federal court yesterday on charges of attempting to provide material to support a designated terrorist organization, collecting information to assist in planning a terrorist attack on a transit facility, and with attempting to provide material to support to help carry out multiple bombings to cause mass casualties on the Metro system, according to federal officials.

Farooque remained under federal surveillance between April and Oct. 25, and was unable to carry out any of the alleged planned attacks. (more…)

Meat salesman may be linked to burglaries

Devyn Shea, of Fredricksburg, has been charged in the burglary at a home in Farifax County.

Fairfax County, Va. –– A door-to-door meat salesman is under arrest, and police in the Groveton area say he may be linked to a series of burglaries there.

Officers were called to the 6300 block of Chimney Wood Court, just off South Kings Highway, about 4 p.m. Wednesday, after a woman said her purse was missing.

The homeowner told police a man who was selling meats came to her door, but when she said she didn’t want to buy anything, she closed the door and went back to what she was doing. (more…)

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